Panthers Quickly Sign Several Undrafted Free Agents

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IApril 28, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Anthony Morelli #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions turns to hand off in front of teammate Gerald Cadogan #76 during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 9, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame won the game 41-17.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

According to numerous Internet reports, particularly NFL.com and Charlotte.com, the Carolina Panthers wasted no time with signing several quality undrafted free agents.

Penn State's Gerald Cadogan, at 6'5", 309 pounds, who some analysts had projected to be a third or fourth-round pick, will backup left offensive tackle Jordan Gross. Cadogan's 40-yard dash time of 5.12 seconds was tied for fourth best among offensive linemen at the NFL combine back in February 2009.

Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell was also signed.  He filled in last season after Brian Brohm left for the pros with the Green Bay Packers. Cantwell passed for 2,493 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He becomes the No. 4 quarterback behind Jake Delhomme, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore.

Another signee is Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto, a team captain for the Nittany Lions who had 66 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Panthers, with veteran free agent Jason Kyle unsigned, snatched California LS Nick Sundberg, a former walk-on who spent four years working exclusively as California's long snapper.

Carolina also landed Rutgers tight end Kevin Brock.  Brock started only six of 13 games last season, catching 26 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU defensive tackle Marlon Favorite was another free agent signed by the Panthers.  He was a part-time starter last season, starting only seven of 13 games, and although he has not shown much as an inside pass rusher, he is much better against the run.

And add West Virginia linebacker Morrty Ivy to the roster. He started the past two seasons, playing WLB in 2007 and SLB in 2008. Ivy had 90 tackles, six pass deflections, and three interceptions last year.

Also signed was Illinois linebacker Brit Miller, reported to be a hard-nosed player had 132 tackles from the middle linebacker position.  As a team captain, he led the Big Ten in tackling.

Pittsburgh C/G C.J. Davis was another signee by Carolina.  He started the first seven games at left guard last season and then filled in at center when the regular starter was injured.

The seven other players signed by the Carolina Panthers are Wesley College KR/WR Larry Beavers, Louisiana-Lafayette WR Jaron Chery, Connecticut center Keith Gray, Morgan State DT Lonnie Harvey, Purdue LB Anthony Heygood, Michigan State DT Justin Kershaw, and Bishop College RB Jamall Lee.

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